Come Fly Away
Come Fly Away – Theater Review
Come Fly Away, the new musical from visionary director/choreographer Twyla Tharp, follows four couples as they fall in and out of love during one song and dance filled evening at a crowded nightclub. Blending the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra with a live on stage 19-piece big band and 15 of the world’s finest dancers, Come Fly Away weaves an unparalleled hit parade of classics, including “Fly Me To The Moon,” “My Way,” and “That’s Life” into a soaring musical fantasy of romance and seduction.
Come Fly Away It’s the latest collaboration of Twyla Tharpe and a pop musician. She’s done Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, and now she’s doing Frank Sinatra. This is one of those ideas that I’m not sure I’m all that crazy about in theory. Because, it’s all the songs are even Frank Sinatra’s, and he even, on scratchy recordings, isn’t heard all the time. There’s a woman singer who’s really very talented but this subject doesn’t make a whole lot of sense as far as I’m concerned, and it’s surprising how little the dances to mesh with Frank Sinatra lyrics. There are some very talented dancers, although after two hours it does become a little repetitive, of throwing this person up in the air, pointing toes, jazz hands and very muscular people. The standouts are Charlie Neshyba-Hodges, who plays a hapless waiter who kind of stumbles through incredibly talented and muscular dancer, and Karine Plantadit, who is the only dancer who actually gets to say anything, and she hollers at you in French. It’s just seems more like dinner theater to me than Broadway. It’s not that the dancers aren’t talented, and it’s certainly not that Frank Sinatra, has some great songs even though the quality is sometimes quite iffy, it’s just, I don’t see the point of this. And if I’d paid $150, I don’t think I’d be particularly amused. Although, the audience, when I was there, seemed very thrilled with all the dancing. But I don’t know how much of it were family and friends. At any rate, I’d give it two stars.